peace and security
International agency Oxfam called today for a massive and rapid global surge in the aid effort to help millions of people at acute risk of hunger and disease in South Sudan saying that the crisis has reached a ‘now or never moment’ to avoid catastrophic levels of hunger and suffering.
In response to UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi's briefing of the Security Council today, Andy Baker, who heads up Oxfam’s response to the Syria Crisis, said:
A lot of attention has been paid to the negative side of South Sudan’s ethnic groups and diverse cultures. These are the voices of those who went the extra mile. Their bravery and strength in light of the situation they faced is a testament to the extraordinary power of compassion, hope and the will to survive.
As talks are underway between South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar in Addis Ababa today, Oxfam's Head of Liaison Office with the African Union, Desire Assogbavi said:
While we need to investigate and make public all violations of human rights in the South Sudan crisis, we also need to shed light on the many people who went above and beyond to help those from ethnic groups different from their own.
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Majak Chuol, 76, and his sister Ayak, 55, tell the story of how a brave young man saved their lives.
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More than 65 per cent of refugees surveyed by Oxfam fear they may not be able to go back to Syria despite desperately wanting to return. There is an urgent need for Geneva peace process to be kick-started as well as improved response from donor countries to UN’s humanitarian appeal.
Today Oxfam withdraws four aid workers who have been trapped by fighting in Malakal while raising a further alarm over a lack of humanitarian access across the country.